Netflix Teases Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams

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Wednesday Addams and her trademark braids are returning. 

Netflix has dropped a sneak peek at Jenna Ortega in its forthcoming Addams Family series Wednesday as part of its Geeked Week programming. 

According to co-creators Al Gough and Miles Millar, Wednesday seeks to tell a never-before-seen part of the Addams Family tale, leaping to Wednesday’s teenage years. 

“In every previous iteration, Wednesday has been younger,” stated Al Gough in an interview with EW. “We loved the idea of aging her up to 15.” 

The show, directed and executively produced by Time Burton, is hailed as a “sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery,” with Wednesday exploring life at Nevermore Academy. 

As per the series description, “Wednesday attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago – all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore.” 

“We’ve never seen her as a teenage girl,” said Ortega in an interview with EW. 

“You know, it’s funny and sweet and almost charming to hear this eight-year-old’s obsession with murder and blood and guts. As she gets older, that nasty attitude or [those] biting remarks, it’s almost kind of hard to not make it sound like every other teenage girl. So, it’s like, how do we establish this character and give her the same fire without letting her become something that she’s not?” 

The show also features actors such as Luis Guzmán (Gomez Addams), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Morticia Addams), and Christina Ricci as a mysterious new character. Ricci is famous for portraying Wednesday in the movie The Addams Family in 1991 and Addams Family Values in 1993. 

As the spotlight is given to Ortega, she knows that she has huge milestones to fulfill. 

“I’ve never had the opportunity to play an iconic character before,” said Ortega. “I know she’s well-loved and well-respected, and I just don’t want to mess her up.” 

Wednesday is expected to be released on Netflix this year.

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